ChatGPT Set to Become Android’s Default Voice Assistant, Ousting Google Assistant

Currently, when users interact with ChatGPT on the Android platform, they cannot engage directly but must first launch ChatGPT and select operational buttons. However, this method of interaction may soon undergo a significant change.

According to a report by AndroidAuthority, a teardown of ChatGPT’s Android version has revealed that OpenAI plans to introduce new features for ChatGPT, setting it as the default voice assistant for Android, replacing Google Assistant.

Last month, OpenAI introduced a new component in the ChatGPT version 1.2023.352, named com.openai.voice.assistant.AssistantActivity. Presently, this component is disabled.

Soon, ChatGPT is expected to support setting itself as the default voice assistant on Android, replacing Google’s Google Assistant.

Tests conducted after enabling debugging revealed that activating this feature brings up an overlay on the screen, displaying animations similar to those in ChatGPT’s built-in voice chat. This overlay appears at the top layer, positioned over other applications.

While this feature is not yet operational, tests suggest a high likelihood that it will support setting as the system’s default voice assistant. This means users won’t need to launch ChatGPT; they can simply activate it by voice, engage in a conversation through an overlay interface above other applications, and exit the interface upon completing the interaction.

For Android users, this development is highly beneficial as it will make using ChatGPT more convenient. However, iOS currently does not allow changing the default voice assistant, so such functionality remains inaccessible on that platform.